Science Lab Equipment Activity Lesson for Middle School

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Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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QUICK AND EASY lab activity designed to introduce middle school students to common lab equipment and how to follow directions in a lab. Perfect for the first day or the first week of school! The activity is quite safe for young science students because the only substances used are water, food coloring, yeast, vinegar, and baking soda.

The objectives of this activity are for students to be able to:

  • Follow step-by-step directions in a lab
  • Identify common lab supplies and their uses
  • Cooperate with group members to complete a lab activity

What’s included in this lesson?

  1. Lab Equipment Reference Sheet: a simple graphic organizer with the name, picture, and description of common middle school lab equipment
  2. Science Lab Challenge: 6 Stations designed to give your students practice with simple lab procedures, following directions, and to become familiar with lab equipment
  3. Assess Your Lab Skills: Follow-up worksheet to be completed after the lab
  4. Lab Equipment Quiz: Short assessment of lab equipment identification

Lab Equipment Included: beaker, test tube, Erlenmeyer flask, pipette, Florence flask (boiling flask), measuring spoon, funnel, stirring rod, graduated cylinder, microscope, thermometer

Teacher Notes:

  • Our Measuring Matter Presentation is a nice introduction to this activity.
  • Please note that this resource is not editable.
  • Answer key included.
  • Please view the preview to get a complete supply list.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


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